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2008 Stories by Michael Fox

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  • Do the Right Thing

    published April 9, 2008

    Privileged Western directors are regularly tempted to shine a spotlight on an evil social problem in the developing world, but they're trapped in... More >>

  • Avant-Garde Aphorisms

    published April 9, 2008

    Long before the ubiquitous DVD and its pusherman Netflix upended the traditional moviegoing and movie-showing model, a few visionary local... More >>

  • Bullet Train

    published April 9, 2008

    The high-concept ad campaign for the 1960s deodorant Hai Karate spoofed Western spy movies and Eastern martial arts to ludicrous but memorable... More >>

  • Hollywood Chinese

    published April 9, 2008

    The demeaning portrayal of minorities in the first century of American movies (and 60 years of television) has been chronicled with righteous... More >>

  • Artists' Union

    published April 2, 2008

    On a February day in 1919, four pissed-off heavyweights of the silent era signed a pact. Although the movie industry was still young, businessmen... More >>

  • Sandcastles

    published April 2, 2008

    In the shifting sands of the Middle East, the only constants are faith and fables. They coexisted quite happily before the rise of fundamentalism,... More >>

  • Experiments in Solitude

    published March 12, 2008

    In addition to their many other virtues, Jennifer Reeves' avant-garde films are a poetic response to a violent, deranged world. Lest that sound... More >>

  • Nuns Without Rulers

    published March 12, 2008

    Even before China's ruthless smackdown of demonstrators last week, good news out of Tibet has long been hard to come by. Well, here's a ray of... More >>

  • Miles Ahead

    published March 5, 2008

    The Biblical proverb that a prophet is without honor in his own home goes a ways toward explaining why the young saxophonist Albert Ayler split... More >>

  • Nights of Cabiria

    published February 20, 2008

    When Giovanni Pastrone's three-hour, effects-laden masterpiece Cabiria burst onto Italian movie screens in 1913, some clever fellow coined... More >>

  • Woman On Top

    published February 20, 2008

    Talk about a Rorschach test. Just minutes into Jennifer Fox's first-person, six-hour documentary Flying: Confessions of a Free... More >>

  • Do the Jane Fonda

    published February 20, 2008

    Jane Fonda is a mellow, retiring tabby, but not so long ago she was a sex kitten and antiwar tiger of the first rank. Henry's daughter (and... More >>

  • Goooaaalll!

    published January 23, 2008

    Soccer — or football, as it's called by the vast majority of its hundreds of millions of fans worldwide — is heralded as the ultimate... More >>

  • Just Add Water

    published January 23, 2008

    Yes, fellow Earth dwellers, the latest signs of global warming are disturbing. Yes, American diners, the "Do Not Eat" list of fish and seafood... More >>

  • Darkness at Noon

    published January 23, 2008

    This was a wild, wicked town once, with a worldwide reputation for vice, drink, and the pleasures of the flesh. But the Barbary Coast is long... More >>

  • Bluesy Velvet

    published January 16, 2008

    Just because the man makes the trippiest films on the planet, everybody thinks David Lynch is from Bizarroland. He's an artist, people, not a... More >>

  • Smack Up

    published January 16, 2008

    Brando, Sinatra, Dean, Elvis -- those were some cool cats, but they weren't as cool as Chet Baker. The great jazzman had the Adonis features of a... More >>

  • Strung Out

    published January 9, 2008

    The Violin is that rare work of political art that doesn't skimp on the art. Shot in timeless black-and-white, Francisco Vargas's... More >>

  • Celluloid Postcards

    published January 9, 2008

    The number of foreign films on offer in U.S. theaters declines every year, even in the hotspots of Manhattan and San Francisco. Thank Jah for the... More >>

  • Insurgent General's Report

    published January 2, 2008

    Meet the new year, same as the old year: The American occupation of Iraq continues. And so does the tide of films dealing with the war. From... More >>

  • Apricot Jam Session

    published January 2, 2008

    Who says rock stars don't have a sense of humor? The redoubtable Les Claypool deserves a tip of the stovepipe hat for setting himself up as a... More >>

  • Sunshine of Your Love

    published January 2, 2008

    The astonishingly gutsy filmmaker Lee Chang-Dong doesn't set out to shock viewers. He's just unwilling to flinch from hard truths, be it the taboo... More >>

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